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Hugh amounts of additional oil due to 4D seismic on Snorre and Grane fields  (2015-06-15)
Around 10,000 seismic sensors with 700 km cables are placed on the seabed over the Snorre and Gran fields to monitor liquid flows in reservoirs. The 3 billion NOK cost has already resulted in increased production worth 15 billion NOK. In 2017 it will be decided if another Snorre platform will be built in order to produce the additional oil proven by seismic. Altogether as much as 200 million bbl. of additional oil could be the result. In the article in today's DN two of the featured people involved in the project, Mona Andersen and Ivar Aasheim, are former student at the department.
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Project meeting between Department of Computer and Information Science on possible collaboration in the area of "Big Data" (2015-06-11)
Large, complex and uncertain amounts of data characterizes the petroleum industry and our research. The department aims to help improve the analysis through its own research and national and international cooperation related to a common database. Department of Computer and Information Science is wanted as a partner in this development, and a first discussion meeting was held today.
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Students are interviewed by e24 on the job situation (2015-06-10)
The job situation for our students has been difficult because of the cost-cutting campaign that oil companies started last fall, and that was compounded by the subsequent drop in oil prices. The E24 online newspaper has interviewed some of our graduate students, and some teachers, and optimism is still present!
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Video meeting with University of Alaska Fairbanks (2015-06-08)
Department Heads at the Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks and at IPT, NTNU met via a video conference call today to discuss possible cooperation within petroleum subjects. From IPT also participated research coordinator Patrick Reurink.
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Visit from Nelson Mandela Memorial University (2015-06-08)
A large delegation from South Africa visiting NTNU today. The visit is part of a fact-finding trip related to the planning and implementation of the South Africa initiative Operation Phakisa (Phakisa = do it fast in Zulu), for utilization of the marine environment, including. Oil and gas. Professor Moctar Doucoure from Nelson Mandela Memorial University met with the department to discuss possible cooperation between NMMU and NTNU, especially related to education. From NTNU attended Egil Tjåland, Pål Skalle, Patrick Reuring and Jon Kleppe.
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Press release on the new Master's program in oil and gas (2015-06-07)
The department together with IPK and NTNU Videre have developed a continued education program in oil and gas technology that can be completed part-time for industry employees, leading to a master's degree. The initiative for the new program came from the employers' organization of Norwegian Industries, based on the needs of the oil and gas industry. They recently issued a press release about the program.
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SPE Prize to Professor Reidar Bratvold (2015-06-05)
Our prof. II Reidar Bratvild, whose main position is at the University of Stavanger, has received the SPE award "2015 SPE Management & Information Award for the North Sea Region". The award presentation will be made by the SPE President at the UTC conference in Bergen in 2 weeks or at the ATCE in Houston at the end of September. Congratulations Reidar!
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Visit from Abu Dhabi (2015-06-04)
A group of representatives from ADNOC, ZADCO, ADMA, ADCO and Petroleum Institute visited SINTEF and NTNU today, along with their host during the visit to Norway, Statoil. The purpose of the visit was to follow up on previous discussions of collaboration within education and research. From the department participated Egil Tjåland, Patrick Reuring and Jon Kleppe.
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Visit from Brazil (2015-06-04)
A group representing the Brazilian organizations BNDES, FINEP and ABDI visited SINTEF and NTNU yesterday and today. They are invited by OED, and the purpose of the visit is exchange of experiences related to the implementation of new technologies in the upstream business, as well as discussion of research and cooperation in the oil, gas and marine sector. From the department participated Egil Tjåland and Patrick Reurink.
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Katherine Rose Aurand wins SPE's Student Paper Contest (2015-06-03)
The SPE European Student Paper Contest 2015 was held in Budapest yesterday. Our Ph.D candidate Katherine Rose Aurand won first prize in the Doctorate Division with the presentation "Enhancing oil recovery with nanoparticle-enriched waterflooding". A panel composed of experts from all over Europe listened and asked questions to the candidates before the winner was designated. As the winner Katie is invited to participate in the international competition, to be held under SPE ATCE in Houston at the end of September. Congratulations, Katie!
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Adressa highlights the information day of new students at the department yesterday (2015-06-02)
The article in today's Adressa emphasizes the optimism expressed by Norwegian oil and gas director Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen during his visit at the department yesterday.
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Norsk olje og gass' web pages highlights the information day for the new petroleum students at the department (2015-06-01)
Norwegian Oil and Gas boss Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen gave a keynote presentation for the potential new students in Petroleum Sciences at the department today and emphasized the continued large investment level on the Norwegian shelf, and long-term nature of the petroleum industry in Norway.
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Geoforskning.no has article on SPE prize (2015-06-01)
The web newspaper geoforskning.no highlights the SPE prize awarded to Jon Kleppe
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The new applicants to petroleum studies were invited to the department (2015-06-01)
All new applicants to the petroleum studies at NTNU this year were invited to an information day at the department today. The program included, inter alia, presentations by Egil Tjåland, NTNU, the new head of Norwegian oil and gas, Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen, Erik Skogen and Ole Torsæter. The purpose of the event was to provide objective information to the potential new students about the Norwegian petroleum industry and long-term nature of the industry and thus the job market ahead.
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The King opened an arctic conference in Alaska (2015-05-31)
INTSOK together with the Ministry of Industry and Fisheries organized an Arctic conference in Anchorage last week titled "Operations in Arctic Waters". Egil Tjåland attended the lecture "Safe Drilling in the Arctic: Geosteering city Seismic while Drilling".
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More oil remaining today than in 2005 (2015-05-27)
NPD has made a new review of resources on the Norwegian shelf, and it shows that there is more oil remaining today than 10 years ago. The reason is both new discoveries and better utilization of existing fields.
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (Post doc) (2015-05-27)
The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is looking for excellent scientists who would like to participate in an application for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSC) Individual Fellowships. Two postdoctoral topics are of interest to IPT within reservoir engineering and applied geophysics.
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The newspaper Klassekampen has interviewed our students on the job market ahead (2015-05-21)
In the current issue of Klassekampen are some of our students and the department head interviewed about the job outlook. Although few of the students graduating this summer have gotten a job yet, they believe that oil prices will reverse, as in previous similar situations.
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SPE Award to Professor Jon Kleppe (2015-05-19)
SPE has given the award "SPE North Sea Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty" to Professor Jon Kleppe. SPE Director-North Sea Carlos Chalbaud participated in an event at the SPE Trondheim Section yesterday, where the award was announced. Formal presentation of the plaque will be at the SPE Fall Meeting in Houston at the end of September.
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Production numbers for April (2015-05-19)
NPD has published production figures for April, which show a daily production of 1963000 barrels of liquid (up 0.4% from March), and a total gas production of 7.3 GSm3 (down 27%).
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Tuhin Bhakta has completed final exams for his Ph.D. degree (2015-05-18)
His dissertation is entitled "Quantitative time lapse seismic analysis - rock physics, repeatability and inversion aspects". The assessment committee consisted of Professor Mrinal K. Sen, University of Texas at Austin, Principal Researcher Geophysics Ulrich Theun, Statoil R & D Rotvoll and Professor Børge Arntsen, NTNU. The title of his public lecture was "Effects of acquisition and processing on AVO inversion of time-lapse seismic data." Supervisor has been Professor Martin Landrø, NTNU.
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Adresseavisen reports about the application to petroleum studies at NTNU in today's newspaper (2015-05-18)
Adresseavisen visited the department last Friday related to NTNU's invitation of all of this year's primary applicants to Trondheim in June to inform them about the studies and the good prospects for the petroleum industry forward. They also interviewed 6 of our graduates Johan Holm Østvedt, Mari Albrigtsen, Øyvind Breivik, Jørgen Olsen, Magnus Wingan Wold and Ulrica Nilsen about their future plans.
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Meeting with Memorial University (2015-05-13)
As part of the planning of the upcoming collaboration between NTNU and Memorial University (MUN), another video meeting was held today between the two working groups. Definition of areas of cooperation and preliminary contents of the projects are under clarification.
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Visit from Mozambique (2015-05-12)
Alberto Julio Tsamba, Dean of Engineering Faculty, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, visited the department today for discussions of cooperation related to petroleum education. From NTNU participated Egil Tjåland, Pål Skalle, Sigbjørn Sangesland and Jon Kleppe
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Gemini.no highlights the prize from Tanzania's president (2015-05-05)
A press release on this award is published by gemini.no
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Presidential Award for educational activities in Tanzania (2015-05-05)
Statoil Tanzania has received a prestigious award from the president of Tanzania for their CSR efforts related to education. This department has been an important part of the efforts through the EnPe-funded project ANTHEI, where students from Tanzania are taking master's degrees at NTNU in petroleum subjects.
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Petroleum students interviewed by Adresseavisen about the job situation (2015-05-05)
Petroleum students at NTNU notice that the labor market has become tighter and that it is significantly more difficult to obtain a job after their studies than before. Students Daniel Thoresen, Vinh V. Tran, and Jørgen Silseth are in the last semester of their studies and in today's newspaper they are interview about the prospects for job and their future plans.
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The VR Village completed for 2015 (2015-04-30)
The groups in VR Village presented their projects yesterday, incl. a movie for each group that will be posted on youtube. Statoil in Bergen attended and will be sensors for the technical part.
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The Haltenbanken Village completed for 2015 (2015-04-30)
The 5 groups in the Haltenbanken Village presented their projects last Wednesday. The technical projects are all related to the Heidrun field. Statoil was in the audience, and they will should act as censors for the technical part
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Huge drop in the number of applicants for petroleum studies (2015-04-29)
After several years of record growth for our petroleum program, the number of applicants fell sharply year. A decline was expected following the cost-cutting campaign that oil companies in Norway started last year, while oil prices have fallen sharply. We have experienced fall in oil prices several times previously, with the consequent fall in the number of applications, but it has picked up again pretty quickly. This is also expected this time. The oil industry in Norway has a long future and our education is important to sustain the activities.
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The ROSE seminar 2015 has started (2015-04-27)
The annual ROSE seminar (ROck SEsmic) started today. Over 30 presentations are given by invited lecturers, Ph.D and postdoctoral candidates, researchers and NTNU teachers today and Tuesday. On Wednesday a 2-day course at CSEM is given by Rune Mittet and Ståle Johansen.
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Poster presentations in TPG4160 (2015-04-21)
In recent weeks, students in TPG4160 Reservoir Simulation have worked in groups to simulate oil recovery from the K1-K2-area of the Gullfaks field. The 7 groups presented their results in a poster session today.
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3rd year student Amalie Holt won over 5000 applicants for the CEO position in Adecco for the summer (2015-04-16)
Amalie Holt is petroleum student in the 3rd year, and has competed with 5,000 other applicants to become chief executive of Adecco this summer. This is an annual competition that Adecco organizes, and it is a great accomplishment to win the competition. Congratulations, Amalie!
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Former petroleum student becomes new head of Lundin Norge (2015-04-16)
Kristin Færøvik graduated with a degree in reservoir engineering from the department in 1985, and has had an impressive international career in the almost 30 years that have passed since. Now she takes over the chief position of Lundin Norway after Torstein Sanness, who becomes chairman of the board. See article in DN below.
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Visit from Mexico (2015-04-10)
A group from the Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tamasco (UJAT) visited NTNU today for discussions on cooperation related to the development of petroleum education at UJAT. The group consisted of Rector, Dr. José Manuel Piña Gutiérrez, Academic Secretary, Dra. Dora María Frías Márquez, Secretary of Postgraduate, Research and Bonding, Dr. Wilfrido Miguel Contreras Sánchez, Director of the Academic Division of Basic Sciences, Dr. Gerardo Delgadillo Piñón, Director of Academic Building, MD Leticia del Carmen López Díaz, Director of Distance Education, maee. Thelma Leticia Ruíz Becerra and Director of Cultural Diffusion, Ing. Miguel Ángel Ruíz Magdonel. NTNU participated Hilde Skeie, Egil Tjåland and Jon Kleppe
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Visit from Schlumberger (2015-04-09)
A group of Schlumberger visited NTNU for discussions of research projects related to the cooperation agreement between NTNU and Schlumberger. The group consisted of Najib Abusalbi, Torjer Halle, Jarl Erik Tronerud, Bernt Nilsen and Morten Jensen, and from NTNU Jon Kummen, Patrick Reurink, Egil Tjåland, Hanne Sørgjerd and Jon Kleppe.
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Ph.D scholarship Deep Sea Mining available (2015-04-07)
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Post doc scholarship in Seismic and Electromagnetic Surveying available (2015-04-07)
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The most influential Norwegian CEO internationally graduated from this department (2015-04-03)
Paal Kibsgaard graduated from the department with an M.Sc. degree in reservoir engineering at the end of 1991. He is now the chief executive of giant Schlumberger, the world's largest service company for the oil industry. Aftenposten has named him as the most influential Norwegian CEO internationally and presents an interview with him in Friday's newspaper on the web.
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Our study program is among the 20 most popular in Norway (2015-04-01)
The list was presented by Adresseavisen yesterday, and we are on 19th place when it comes to admission requirement, which was 58.8 points in 2014. Among the technical studies in Norway only the nanotechnology program is ahead of us.
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Article in Stavanger Aftenblad on the need for more professionals in the oil and gas industry (2015-04-01)
In an article in Stavanger Aftenblad yesterday analyzes Department Head Egil Tjåland the prospects for oil and gas activities in Norway, and is clear in his conclusion: Norway needs to educate many new petroleum engineering and geoscience professionals for the oil and gas operations. Many Norwegians are also working abroad and service companies in Norway are exporting their leading technology to all major production sites in the world. Many generations of Norwegians will be secured jobs in this industry.
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Statoil makes a new gas discovery offshore Tanzania (2015-04-01)
After 13 wells drilled in deep water outside Tanzania, Statoil has made 8 discoveries, totaling 22 TCF of gas (620 billion Sm3). This corresponds to 2 Ormen Lange fields.
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Minister of Oil and Energy annoyed over Norwegian media's coverage of oil and gas industry (2015-04-01)
In Stavanger Aftenblad's Saturday edition reported from MPE Minister Tord Lien's irritation of Norwegian media's negative angle of the oil and gas industry. This is the largest industry in Norway, and finances largely our welfare and also our R & D related to renewable energy. Oil and gas will be important for Norway in the foreseeable future, and we need to do more research to exploit harder available resources.
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The oil and gas industry need replenishment of experts (2015-03-30)
Department head Egil Tjåland has an article in the current Dagens Næringsliv Need replenishment of professionals. He points to the importance of this industry for Norway, and its long-term nature, as evidenced by the Johan Sverdrup Field which will produce until 2070 and the Ekofisk Field which will produce to produce until 2060.
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Ashkan Jahanbani Ghahfarokhi has completed final Ph.D exams (2015-03-28)
The dissertation is entitled: "Well Test Analysis, Application two Thermal Recovery Processes for Reservoir Characterization". The Evaluation Committee consisted of: Professor Serhat Akin, Middle East Technical University, Senior Reservoir Engineer, Raheleh Salehi Mojarad, BP Canada and Professor Ole Torsæter NTNU. Prøveforelesningens title was: "Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Techniques in Shale Reservoirs". The main supervisor has been Professor Tom Aage Jelmert, NTNU, and co-supervisors Professor Jon Kleppe, NTNU and Professor Mehran Pooladi-Davish, University of Calgary.
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Greetings from Kuala Lumpur (2015-03-24)
Students 4th grade field trip goes this year to Malaysia. The program includes visits to Total, Lundin, Aker Solutions, EMGS, Petrobras, Petrobras University, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes, in addition to the Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Around 40 Norwegian students participate, and from the department participates Egil Tjåland and Jon Kleppe.
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High school students in Harstad want to study petroleum at university (2015-03-23)
Statoil Harstad hosts an annual science day for students in high schools, and this year around 60 students attended. Harstad Tidende has interviewed some of them and the interest for university studies related to petroleum is great.
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Visit by Schlumberger (2015-03-20)
As part of preparing a draft research plan within the area geocomputing, which one of there areas in the Schlumberger-NTNU agreement, a workshop between NTNU (IPT, IDI) and Schlumberger was held today. From Schlumberger participated Frode Bratvedt and Jon Øystein Haavig Bakke, from IDI Theoharis Theoharis and Odd Erik Gundersen, and from IPT Egil Tjåland.
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Meeting with Memorial University of Newfoundland (2015-03-20)
The second video meeting between MUN and NTNU on research and educational cooperation was held today. Specific follow-up points for smaller groups was agreed upon. From MUN attended Tahir Hussain, Bruce Colbourne, Lesley James Dean Walker, Greg Nats; NTNU IMT: Bjorn Asbjørn Light, Roger Skjetne Bernt Leira and NTNU IPT Egil Tjåland Ole Torsæter, Sigve Hovda, Pål Skull, Patrick Reurink, Vidar Hepsø, Sigbjørn Sangesland and Jon Kleppe
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Visit from Japan (2015-03-19)
A delegation of seven people from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) led by Director Jota Kanda visited the department today. The purpose of the visit was to discuss possible cooperation related to the exploitation of the oceans. Director Jota Kanda presented TUMSAT and from the institute Egil Tjåland, Ståle Johansen and Jon Kleppe gave presentations.
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Production numbers for February (2015-03-17)
NPD reports an average daily production for February at 1925000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is a decline of approximately 0.3 percent compared to January. The total gas sales were 10.1 billion cubic meters (GSm3), which is 0.2 GSm3 less than in January.
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Visit to Statoil Rotvoll (2015-03-16)
On Thursday the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Student Chapter at NTNU organized a visit to Statoil Rotvoll R&D center for Master students and PhD candidates at the department (21 participants in total). The visit included two presentations by Statoil on current projects and an overview of the drilling simulator. Thanks to Ketil Hokstad for help in organizing the trip.
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Visit by Baker Hughes (2015-03-16)
Nils Kristian Edwards in Baker Hughes visited the department today for discussions of our cooperation in the future. Despite difficult times in the service industry for the time being, they prioritize keeping a continued close contact with NTNU, both with teachers and with students. Central themes of the discussions were guest lectures in courses or more general lectures given by for example Distinguished Lecture at Baker Hughes, software and equipment donations, visits by students and teachers to Baker Hughes in Stavanger, participants of Baker Hughes in industrial boards at NTNU. A follow-up discussion will be done in the spring.
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Our sister-department in Stavanger will have a new Chair (2015-03-13)
Dr. Hans Borge was recruited from SINTEF Petroleum Research to the position of Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Stavanger for 3.5 years ago. Upon expiry of his first term the position has been advertised, and yesterday UiS' Board decided to hire Ms. May Britt Myhr to replace Borge for the next 4 years. May Britt has been in SINTEF for 28 years, of which the last 7 years as Managing Director for Petroleum Research. Congratulations, May Britt!
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The Norskehavskonferansen completed today (2015-03-12)
The annual Norwegian Sea Conference was held at Hell today, with around 250 participants. Our Department Head Egil Tjåland is member of the program committee, see the website at: http://www.norskehavskonferansen.no/160.Velkommen.html. Around 50 NTNU students, mainly petroleum students, participated in the conference, which also had a job fair on the program.
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Two of our students are interviewed in today's Tidens krav (2015-03-12)
Lise Susanne Fredriksen and Ida Hilde Gunleiksrud are petroleum students in 3rd grade. Today the newspaper Tidens krav (Kristiansund) have interviewed them about the prospects of working in the petroleum industry in the future in light of the oil price slump. And the answer is clear: "Not worried for future jobs"
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Professor Jon Steinar Gudmundsson has retired from NTNU (2015-03-11)
Professor Jon Steinar Gudmundsson opted to retire from NTNU at age 67 on New Year's Eve. He came to the department in 1988 as Associate Professor of production, and was promoted to full Professor in 1990. After his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University, he was a researcher and United Nations University Coordinator for geothermal energy for five years by the Orkustofnun in Iceland. Then he was head of the program for geothermal energy at Stanford University, while Associate Professor at the same place for a period of 5 years. At NTNU his research and innovation was primarily related to natural gas, transportation of gas in pipes and hydrates. He has established several companies in his 26 years at NTNU, and was a very popular lecturer and student adviser. He has been an important contributor to the development of the department!
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Removal of extra points for females in admissions to petroleum studies at NTNU may lead to dramatic reductions in the number of female students (2015-03-09)
Wednesday NTNU's Board will discuss whether or not several study programs at NTNU are to remove the so-called female additional points in the admissions starting from 2017. This includes Petroleum Studies. The documentation (below) shows that the proportion of girls admitted can be halved if the 2 additional points are removed
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Meeting with NED (2015-03-09)
The department is a partner with NED University in Norwegian Centre of Excellence for Petroleum Studies in Karachi, which opened in January 2014. A delegation from the NED, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), the Ministry of Higher Education and Pakistan Embassy in Oslo will be visiting NTNU mid-May, and a planning meeting with the project manager for the center, Professor Abid Khan, was held via Skype today. Participants from the department was Egil Tjåland, Patrick Reurink and Jon Kleppe
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The second Ph.D seminar was held today (2015-03-05)
The seminar is held once every semester, and the program includes presentations by Ph.D candidates related to their research, as well as a presentation given by an invited key-note speaker. Around 50 persons participated. The seminar's website is http://www.ipt.ntnu.no/~phdsem/
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NPD has published the resource accounts for 2014 (2015-03-04)
NPD's resource accounts per 31.12.14 estimate the total recoverable petroleum resources to 14.1 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of oil equivalents (boe). In 2014, there has been a growth in reserves of 13 million Sm3 oe compared with 102 million Sm3 oe in 2013, mainly explained by the PDO for the Rutile discovery in the Gullfaks Sør, which was submitted in 2014.
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Meeting with Schlumberger (2015-03-03)
As part of the development of the collaboration between Schlumberger and NTNU, as signed by CEO Paal Kibsgaard and Rector Gunnar Bovim, a workshop was held in Stavanger today for discussions of research projects to be included in the collaboration.
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Two new Ph.D scholarships in geophysics (2015-03-02)
IPT announces two new Ph.D scholarships funded through the Marie Curie Training Networks Innovative project WAVES. These are two of fifteen PhD scholarships that are related to the project where several leading European universities and research institutions are partners, and the goal is to contribute to research training and build a European research network.
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Energy Outlook predicts 150 years of oil and 200 years of gas (2015-02-26)
ExxonMobil publishes annually its Energy Outlook report, which analyzes the energy situation in the world in the years ahead. In the recent released this year's report. The report predicts that the demand will rise sharply ahead, particularly from countries coming out of poverty. Yet there are enough recoverable reserves to meet demand for a very long time.
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The new Schlumberger Geo-Computing Lab is being used for a Petrel course this week (2015-02-25)
Although the new Schlumberger Geo Computing Lab is not officially opened by Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard and NTNU Rector Gunnar Bovim before September 11, a Petrel course is conducted in the room this week in order to test out the functionality. See images below.
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New nano project between PFI and NTNU for improved oil recovery  (2015-02-22)
The Paper and Fibre Institute (PFI) and NTNU have received NOK 12.3 million from the Research Council to investigate whether nanoparticles from wood can help to increase oil recovery. Flooding experiments will be carried out by a Ph.D candidate at IPT, under the leadership of Professor Ole Torsæter.
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Production numbers for January (2015-02-20)
NPD reports that the average liquids production in January was at 1.931 million barrels/day (oil, NGL and condensate), which is a small decline of 59,000 barrels/day (about 3 percent) compared to December 2014. The total gas sales were 10.3 billion cubic meters (GSm3), which is 0.6 GSm3 less than in December.
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Phil Ringrose publishes new book (2015-02-19)
Adjunct Professor Phil Ringrose together with Mark Bentley has published the book "Reservoir Model Design: A Practitioners Guide" on Springer publishing house. The book is intended for geoscience and engineering professionals as well as students who work with geoscience, reservoir engineering, mm.
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Ph.D student is researching enforcement of well walls using steel nails (2015-02-17)
A quick way to reinforce those parts of the well that may be in danger of collapsing during drilling and production may using steel nails. Laboratory tests show that this has a positive effect on porous rocks such as sandstone and chalk. Ph.D student and SINTEF scientist Andreas Nicolas Berntsen has researched this for two years with promising results.
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NTNU's petroleum students spends most time on studies (2015-02-16)
Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) has again surveyed what students think about the program they attend. Students at the master's program in petroleum at the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at NTNU has used most hours a week of study, an impressive 49.4, which is most of all geoscience-based studies in Noway.
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The spring semester's PhD Seminar will be held Thursday March 5th  (2015-02-13)
The spring semester's PhD Seminar will be held Thursday March 5th at Scandic-Lerkendal. You may see the program and sign up below.
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Visit to Angola (2015-02-12)
Egil Tjåland, Dicky Haris Hidayat and Jon Kleppe are visiting Luanda this week for supervision of M.Sc. students, and to meet our ANTHEI partners Universidade Agosthino Neto and Statoil.
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Statoil has made large discoveries in the Oseberg area (2015-02-09)
Statoil has made several new discoveries in Krafla area, near the Oseberg South field. Altogether they have made five discoveries since 2011 with proven new recoverable resources of between 140-220 million boe just 25 kilometers southwest of the Oseberg South and 150 kilometers west of Bergen.
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50 years since the first license round on NCS (2015-02-04)
In 1965 the first licenses on the Norwegian shelf were advertised, just days after a royal decree had established rules of business.
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Oil price increases sharply (2015-02-02)
Today oil prices have risen sharply, without obvious reasons. Meanwhile the Statoil shares has increased by 20 billion NOK.
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Guest lecture Thursday  (2015-02-01)
Professor Evgeny Landa, University of Tel Aviv, is SEG's 2015 Europe Honorary Lecturer. Thursday, Feb. 5 at 13 hrs, in P1, he presents the lecture "Pitfalls and challenges of seismic imaging." Duration of the lecture is 1.5 t. All are welcome and for PhD candidates it is obviously mandatory attendance!
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Dicoveries of oil and gas on NCS may account for more than what was produced in 2014 (2015-01-28)
It was made 22 discoveries on the Norwegian shelf in 2014. Two of these were major discoveries, Arrow & arc and Alta, which together can hold up to 500 million bbls.. oe.
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OPEC predicts oil price at 200 dollars/bbl while Goldman Sachs predicts 30 (2015-01-27)
Oil prices may rise up to 200 dollars a barrel if oil producers do not invest more in production of new oil and gas fields, said Abdalla El-Badri Monday. He is Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). However, Director Gary Cohn at Goldman Sachs Group, who is a former oil trader, says that the oil price is into a spiraling downfall and may reach 30 dollars/bbl.
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-The fairytale of the Green Shift (2015-01-22)
Professor at University of Bergen attempts to bring reality into the energy debate.
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Baker Hughes is reducing number of employees (2015-01-22)
Baker Hughes is planning to reduce its workforce by 7,000 employees worldwide. In Norway, where they have 1,400 employees, is likely that 10% are terminated.
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The oil companies are offered 54 new production licenses offshore Norway (2015-01-21)
The predefined areas (TFO) were announced in 2014, and 47 companies submitted applications. 43 of these are now getting offers of production licenses. Of the 54 licenses 34 are in the North Sea, 16 in the Norwegian Sea and 4 in the Barents Sea.
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Former student becomes head of ConocoPhillips in Norway and UK (2015-01-21)
Trond Erik Johansen is coming back to Norway from the top job for ConocoPhillips in Alaska to take over the top job at ConocoPhillips Norway and UK after Steinar Våge, who is moving to Houston. Trond Erik Johansen graduated from the department with a M.Sc. degree in petroleum engineering in 1986. He has also previously been head of ConocoPhillips Norway.
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The 23rd concession round was announced today (2015-01-20)
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has today announced 57 blocks / parts of blocks, divided into 3 in the Norwegian Sea and 54 in the Barents Sea. It is expected great interest for these, and especially for those in the Barents Sea. Government aims to award new production licenses in the first half of 2016.
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Schlumberger cuts 9000 (2015-01-16)
Schlumberger is the world's largest oil services and assists oil companies worldwide. Now the management expects a significantly lower activity and downsizes comes as a direct result of this. Our former student Paul KKibsgård is CEO of Schlumberger.
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Production numbers for December (2015-01-16)
NPD has published December figures, and the average daily production was 1.916 million barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is 45,000 barrels per day less than in November. Gas sales totaled 11.1 billion cubic meters (GSm3), which is 0.9 GSm3 more than in November.
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Bente Nyland's summary of the offshore year of 2014 (2015-01-15)
NPD Director Bente Nyland presented today the annual summary of the past year. There are still large remaining resources on the Norwegian shelf, but cost reductions are necessary to ensure robust profitability in the long term. Her presentation can be downloaded from the link below.
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Following years of decline, the oil production increased in 2014 (2015-01-14)
Wood Mackenzie has published an analysis of production and exploration activity on the Norwegian shelf in 2014 which shows that oil and gas production increased for the first time after having fallen steadily for 14 years. Production of oil, NGL and condensate averaged until November last year 1,871,363 boed every day, compared to 1,816,666 boed in 2013.
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Petrostreamz is one of 20 start-up companies to follow in 2015 (2015-01-12)
TU has asked investors, entrepreneurs, NGOs and key people in the entrepreneurial community about what they think is the most exciting new Norwegian technology companies in 2015. Among 20 selected start-ups is Petrostreamz, founded by Curtis Whison a few years back. It is particularly the software Pipe-it that is the company's core technology. The software is also available to students at IPT.
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Master thesis published in Geophysics (2015-01-07)
Our former student Bente Øygarden, has published parts of her thesis in the journal Geophysics. The article is titled "Rock properties of smectite- and ooze-rich Claystone". She is now working in Statoil. Congratulations!
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Partner meeting in DrillWell (2015-01-06)
DrillWell is an SFI where UiS, IRIS, SINTEF and NTNU are research partners with IRIS as the host institution. Today there is a partner meeting at the department for a status update and discussion of future collaboration with NTNU. From DrillWell attended Sigmund Stokka (center director) and Arild Nystad, and from NTNU Ole Morten Aamo, Lars Imsland and Bjarne Foss (ITK), and Sigve Hovda, Sigbjørn Sangesland and Egil Tjåland (IPT).
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Professor Martin Landrø is the most visited news on geoforskning.no in December (2015-01-02)
Geoforskning.no compiles a list of the most read news bulletins every month. In December Professor Martin Landrø topped the list. Congratulations!
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Most downloaded paper from Geophysics over the past 12 months (2014-12-25)
The journal paper "Shot profile threaten amplitude crosscorrelation imaging conditions", published in the July-August edition, with Børge Arntsen as first author and Bjørn Ursin, A. Kritski and Lasse Amundsen as coauthors was the most downloaded article from Geophysics over the last 12 months. In addition, the paper "Rock-physics modeling guided by depositional and burial history in low-to-intermediate-porosity sandstones", with Per Avseth as first author was the 4th most downloaded. Congratulations!

Meeting in the Steering Committee of the Akademia Agreement Statoil - NTNU (2014-12-19)
This year's meeting of the steering committee for the Akademia Agreement between Statoil and NTNU was held today at IPT. The purpose of the meeting is to present status of the cooperation in the past year, and decide on projects for next year. From Statoil met Tor Ulleberg and Kjetil Skaugset, and from NTNU Johan Hustad, Ingvar Strømmen, Harald Ellingsen, Egil Tjåland and Jon Kleppe.
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Production numbers for November (2014-12-17)
NPD reports that liquids production for November was 1.939 million barrels of oil, NGL and condensate per day, which is 1% less than in October. Gas production was 10.2 billion cubic meters (GSm3), which is 0.3 GSm3 less than o October.
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Mathias C. Bellout has completed final Ph.D exams (2014-12-16)
His dissertation is entitled: "Joint Optimization of Well Placement and Controls Petroleum Field Development". The Evaluation Committee consisted of Professor Jan Dirk Jansen, Delft University of Technology, Research Director Ying Guo, Total E&P Norway and Professor Ole Torsæter NTNU. The title of the public lecture was: "Long- and short-term production optimization under uncertain geological and economic conditions". The main supervisor has been Professor Jon Kleppe and co-supervisor Professor Bjarne Foss.
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Visit from Italy (2014-12-16)
A group from Instituto Nazionale di e Gefisica Sperimentale visited the department today for discussions of cooperation in geophysics. The group consisted of Jose Maria Carcione, Davide Gei and Riccardo Geletti, and from NTNU attended Egil Tjåland, Børge Arntsen and Alexey Stovas.
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Visit by TOTAL E&P Norway (2014-12-15)
The annual partnership meeting between TOTAL E & P Norway and NTNU was held today. The purpose of the meeting is to review the status of existing cooperation and decide on new activities. From TOTAL participated Rune Teigland, Vanessa Richon, Christian Pauchon and Ottar Minsaas, and from NTNU Hilde Skeie, Egil Tjåland, Ole Jørgen Nydal and Martin Landrø
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Million year old CO2 storage discovered in New Mexico (2014-12-12)
In TU discusses Martin Landrø and Kjetil Haavik the significance of this discovery, showing that CO2 can be stored for a long time without leaking out. The dome in New Mexico contains 25 times as much CO2 as the total annual emissions.
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Visit to Mexico (2014-12-09)
By invitation of the Norwegian ambassador to Mexico, HE Merethe Nergaard, it was today organized a workshop at the Embassy in Mexico City to promote cooperation between Norway and Mexico in the petroleum sector. Participants come from several universities, CNH (analogous to petroleum directorate), IMP (analogous to SINTEF), INTSOK, and various ministries. From Norway; Egil Tjåland, Kjell Arne Jacobsen and Arild Nystad.
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Former student becomes CEO of Lundin Norway (2014-12-05)
Kristin Færøvik graduated as petroleum engineer from the department in 1985. She worked many years in BP in Norway and abroad, before joining Marathon in 2003. In 2008 she became head of the Marathon Norway. After working as CEO of Rosenberg since 2010, she now replaces Torstein Sannes as CEO of Lundin Norway.
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